April 17, 2000


President Kristie Anderson (99)(23-0-1)

Vice Pres/MSUSA CD Rep. Nathan Voss (39)(20-0-4)

Treasurer -

Speaker/Acad. Affairs Jamie Barthel (40)(23-0-1)

Leg. Affairs

Student Services Jason Schaumburg (18)(18-1-4)

Public Relations Justin Klander (18)(18-0-2)

Cultural Awareness Aneesh Goyal (8)(8-0-2)

MSUSA Campus Rep.

Sergeant at Arms Andrew Hayden (34)(20-1-3)

Kameron Schorn (69)(21-0-3)

Kim Dennig (26)(13-0-11)

Greg Ueland (26)(22-0-2)

Nicholas Varien (17)(14-1-9)

Shannon Anderson (16)(16-1-3)

Jodi Baumgard (18)(18-0-2)

Trevor Carstens (9)(loa)

Tanya Cox (9)(9-3-8)

Nils Hoyum (11)(11-5-3)

Sean McDermott (11)(11-4-5)

Casey Pearson (13)(13-4-2)

Karl Runningen (11)(11-6-2)

Jill M Thompson (15)(15-0-5)

Brent Waale (17)(17-0-3)

Jim Miller (9)(9-0-2)

Kathy Simenson (10)(10-0-0)

Paul Petersen (1)(1-0-0)

Illona Luko (1)(1-0-0)

Greg Kelly (1)(0-0-1)

Advisor: Ken Brandt

Guests: and Shane Wahl with the Northern Student.

Attendance is as follows: (# of Senate meetings attended)-(Term attendance-unexcused-excused).

The Meeting was called to order at 3:00 PM in the Ozawindib

Agenda - moved to approve.

Minutes - With no objection move to approve the minutes of April 10, 2000 minutes.

President Anderson - Congrats to Justin and Nate and the new senators. Expected better voter turnout, Jodi did a great job. Met with President Benson last Friday at 4:00 p.m. Sign up for the conference luncheon (Saturday of conference from noon-1:30 p.m.) and conference cultural event (Saturday evening of conference 7:00 p.m.). End of the year party is on May 5, 2000, at 5:00 p.m. at 6619 Queens Lane NW, Bemidji. MSUSA Coordinator applications available in the office, check it out. If interested, contact me.

Baumgard: What does the position involve?

Pres. Anderson: You have to attend all the conferences, talk to me about it later.

Baumgard: Do we need any more committee chairs?

Pres. Anderson - Multiple constitutions need to be gone over, let me know if you're interested.

Vice-President Voss - Meeting today with Erica Yagi about cultural diversity event at our conference. We need to confirm who will be at the conference and IN THE MEETINGS. It's important to attend. We've been endorsed for accreditation by the NCA. T.J. Melcher is running in Bemidji Mayoral elections, he will be in the office around four to answer questions and talk about his campaign issues. End of the year party at my house on May 5, 2000, please sign up. Get your schedules to me so we can schedule next semester's senate meeting time ASAP. Yield to Peterson.

Peterson: T.J. has an interesting perspective and real issues to confront in this mayoral election. I encourage you to come to the office and hear what he has to say.

Treasurer report - none.

Legislative Affairs - Voss: will be moving to have first reading of Pine Hall constitution in new business.

Academic Affairs Chair Barthel - Discussed accounting program issues in last committee meeting. I've been appointed to the Academic Integrity Committee. They are discussing a grading option of XF for students who are caught cheating in a class. The teachers can request the grade, but the Conduct Board has the final say in whether the XF appears on a student's transcript. The student has a right to approach the Conduct Board and fight against the teacher's wishes. If a student receives an XF on their transcript, a description of the grade will be included on the transcript. Let me know what you think of this idea, the committee would like the senate's backing before pushing the issue. I think it is a good idea, it is a deterrent for cheaters.

Simenson: Does this have anything to do with the U of M and its basketball program problems?

Barthel: No.

Pres. Anderson: It's a stronger push for academic integrity, the NCA wants us to be more accountable in our grading program.

Goyle: There are better ways to do this, it may affect a person's employability throughout their life.

Barthel: We currently have an academic integrity statement, now we have to take action on it.

Goyle: There are better ways to do it though.

Klander: I've noticed cheating in my classes, I think this is a good idea. I am upset and frustrated by the cheating I've seen by classmates.

Pres. Anderson: Most campuses have some kind of policy concerning this, it's a step toward taking action on the academic integrity statement.

Simenson: I've been aware of people paying off underclassmen to take tests and write papers. I like the idea.

Sen. Anderson: I agree, but it will be a part of your permanent record long after you've graduated and most likely change your ways.

Barthel: Come and see me with more concerns. The teachers do not have the final say, the Conduct Board does. Students have a chance to fight for their rights.

Voss: Let's get on with the meeting.

Student Services Chair Schaumburg - no report.

Public Relations Chair Klander - May 5, 2000, is the end of the year party, it promises to be a great time. Let me know if you have any ideas for the party. We are working on the conference and the luncheon for Saturday. I will start advertising for open chair positions.

Advisor Brandt: Aramark is doing a great job helping us out, I will be meeting with them later in the week to finalize plans.

President Anderson: Remember to set a deadline for chair applications.

Simenson : Can we invite the Bemidji High School senate to our conference? It would be a great way for them to see how student government works at the university level. What do you think?

Klander: It's something to look into, thanks for the idea.

Cultural Diversity Chair Goyal- I'm ordering the video tomorrow, after speaking with Pam about funding the order.

Election Chair Baumgard - Congratulations to all the new senators.

Senator Anderson - Were there any write-ins?

Baumgard - Many, most were weird or funny.

Barthel - Thanks for doing a good job, Jodi.

MSUSA Campus Rep. Voss - I've delivered some more Monitors.

MSUSA Cultural Diversity Rep. Voss - none.


SB-00S-02 Laptops University Bill:

President Anderson - We don't want laptops right now, we would like those considering to consult with students with forums, etc., to talk about what laptops will entail. The committee needs to talk more to students and get information and plans to the student body.

Klander - It's not a bad idea, I agree that we want to know more. However, I don't like the working that we OPPOSE the idea before we know what it's all about.

Voss - Yield to Larry Blom

Blom - At the tech school, every classroom is networked for laptop use. The cost is $460.00 per semester to lease a laptop. If the school is networked and instructors use it, then it's great. Otherwise, I advise taking a hard look into the need for them.

Voss - I agree with Klander, I don't want to oppose the idea outright without knowing more about it.

Bahr - Students I've spoken with are concerned about purchasing textbooks and a laptop lease together, perhaps there is a way to even out costs.

President Anderson - The university set this up about two years ago, they have it ready to go and could implement it at any time. I've seen it, and it's not a good idea. If you don't want the opposal, make an amendment to substitute wording.

Simenson - (to Blom) Were the laptops donated to the Tech? I've heard they were donated to students.

Blom - In the initial trial period, yes, they were donated. Now all of the laptops are leased.

Hayden - At the Delegates Conference, Moorhead State and Mankato State said the laptops are not worth it, they are more of a hassle than anything.

Peterson - $460.00 a semester would pay off a desktop computer in the time it takes to get a degree. But, some cannot afford the money up front for a computer, so leasing is an option.

Melcher - I use a laptop, but it's my own. Leasing is a bad idea, it's money thrown away. It's better to have a lease-to-own program. Books can be used for reference for years to come, a leased laptop must be given back to the university.

Ueland - It's not a good idea. I know students from Mayville State and U of M, Crookston and both are laptop campuses and not many good comments have been made about them. I can see the laptops not used by instructors, making them worthless.

Klander - We did this at my old college, and found staffing computer maintenance is a big problem. I would be in favor of asking the administration to come and talk to us about it.

President Anderson - The laptop campus idea is in committee, it hasn't reached an administrative level. We really have no administration to speak on this issue.

Klander - Can the committee come and speak with us?

President Anderson - We can look into it.

Senator Anderson - How would necessary software programs be included in laptops for individual majors? Some majors require special software programs.

Blom - some programs have an additional charge for special software, otherwise most network programs are included in the lease. It is more expensive to purchase a laptop and all the software programs one needs compared to leasing one. With the lease, the software is free of charge.

Senator Anderson - I feel that laptops would perhaps promote unity through technology in the classroom.

Blom - Honestly, I don't use it most of the time.

Voss - I'd like to hear more from the committee, I agree with Klander.

Ueland - We need to research, yes, but we've been bullied before by the administration and need to make a stance about this. It is the technology age, but tying up to much time in computers may make students less personable professionals.

Motion made by Anderson/Thompson to amend by substitution replacing Whereas: There are many issues to this program and many questions. Therefore be it resolved: that the BSUSA student senate requests that the university ensure that strong consultation is performed both with the senate and with the student body at large before any decision is made. Vote 11-0-1 passes.

Vote on SB-00S-02 12-0-0 passes.


Voss - motion to have first reading of Pine Hall Council constitution.

Barthel - next week we'll vote on it.

President Anderson - Appointment of Justin Klander to acting MSUSA Rep for the conference next weekend.

Barthel - What qualities can you bring to this position?

Klander - I know I'll do a good job, make proper accommodations for all guests of BSU, and learn about PBOD when filling in for Kristie.

Vote by secret ballot, recess to count ballots, vote 11-0-1, passes. Klander appointed to MSUSA Rep.

Open Forum

President Anderson - National Student Leadership Conference is coming up, May 5-7, 2000, in Minneapolis. Let me know if anyone wants to go, registration fee is $80, so we'll need to approve money if anyone wants to go.

Baumgard - Amendments to our constitution did not pass in last week's election.

Klander - Does MSUSA cover any expenses for the May conference?

Anderson - no.

Melcher - Susan Hoosier is running on the DFL ticket for Doug Fuller's State Rep. Seat. She is looking for paid and volunteer help for her campaign. Senator Jerry Janezich is also looking for help. Peterson and I attended the District 7 conference, it was educational. I am running for mayor in the upcoming elections, hoping to run even with Doug Peterson. With the college vote, I may be able to win. Issues my campaign will address are: 1) Voting sector split on campus - students shouldn't have to go to separate places to vote; 2) Calendar parking should be reviewed for its effectiveness and inconvenience, 3) Parking in the downtown area, 4) Beautifying the downtown area and promoting downtown business; 5) Jail cell overcrowding, 6) Community service sentences.

Barthel - Have people ask questions in the senate office.

Thompson/Baumgard moved to adjourn at 4:10 PM.